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The Lost Queen: A Novel (1) por Signe Pike
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The Lost Queen: A Novel (1) (edição 2019)

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"The Mists of Avalon meets the world of Philippa Gregory in the thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth--a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland--twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin. I write because I have seen the darkness that will come. Already there are those who seek to tell a new history... In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father's door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king. As Languoreth is catapulted into a world of violence and political intrigue, she must learn to adapt. Together with her brother--a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin--Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of them both forever. Based on new scholarship, this tale of bravery and conflicted love brings a lost queen back to life--rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of one of the most enduring legends of all time"--"The Lost Queen tells the story of Languoreth, Queen of Cadzow, who lived in sixth century Scotland and came of age at a time when invading Anglo-Saxon forces and the rise of Christianity threatened to change her way of life forever. Together with her twin brother Lailoken, destined to be a Wisdom Keeper and eventually known to history as Merlin, she is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. War brings the warriors of Emrys, the Dragon Warrior or Pen Dragon, to their door, and among them is Maelgwn. He and Languoreth spark a passionate connection, forged by a magical spell, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Lord Rhydderch, son of the High King Tutgual who is sympathetic to the Christian followers of a charismatic monk named Mungo. As Rhydderch's wife, it will be Languoreth's duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear. Rebellious, intelligent, passionate, and brave, Languoreth is an unforgettable heroine whose story of conflicted loves and survival is set against a cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland and its myths and magic which spring from the beauty of the natural world.The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life, rescuing her from vanishing history, and reclaiming her place in some of the most enduring legends of all time"--… (mais)
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Título:The Lost Queen: A Novel (1)
Autores:Signe Pike (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 560 pages
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First off, I have to say how overjoyed I was to win this book through a goodreads giveaway! I am the type of person who rarely ever wins anything so I was overjoyed just to win. Now I am so thankful that I won because I was able to experience this wonderful and enthralling novel. I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to the publishers for sending me a free copy of this book! This has been one of my top reads this year.

From the very first page this book sucked me into its magical realm. For two and a half days I lived in the world that Singe Pike has recreated, I was utterly transported. I have not been this engrossed in a book in as long as I can remember. I simply could not tear myself away from it! It is difficult to explain but I feel like there is truly some magic in this book. It is the type of book that one experiences more than reads. Reading The Lost Queen was a completely sensory experience for me as the author wove her breathtaking prose and ignited my imagination. It is clear that Signe Pike poured her soul, her entire being into this book. Reading it has impacted me in a really profound way. In recent times, with everything that is going on in the world, I have felt a sort of emptiness and loss. This book filled that void for me and made me realize that I needed to rekindle my relationship with the earth and natural world around me. Through this book I was able to visit ancient healing springs and now I am determined to go out in the world and discover some healing springs of my own. I am also now obsessed with finding out more about the time period and unraveling its mysteries. If the author is reading this, I want you to know how special and meaningful this book is to me. It is a book that will live with me forever AND I cannot wait for the sequel!
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I urge you to just start it and you will see. I imagine you will be sucked in just like me. It is pure magic! ( )
  Be.enigmatic | Jul 11, 2021 |
I loved the language of this book! It's so lyrical and immersive - you can literally, so-easily imagine yourself walking in the Scottish woods - their magic, their beauty, their calm and peacefulness. I just love books that wrap you in like that!

The story was great too - we meet Langoureth when she is ten years old and follow her through the next 5 or 6 years as she grows into a woman, finds her first love, then marries another for political alliance. The story then skips forward about 10-12 years or so. Normally I would find that unsettling, but it is handled well, with the gaps in the story filled out in a satisfying manner.

I was hoping for a bit more of the Merlin and Arthur tale in this novel, as it was advertised as "Outlander meets Camelot". We do get to know Lailoken well, the man who is later known as Myrddin or Merlin, and who is Langoureth's twin brother, but there really are not any references to Merlin or Author in this story, save for the Note from the Author at the end. The story is also not like Outlander, unless you count that it takes place in what is later known as Scotland and is in a medieval setting, although The Lost Queen takes place much earlier (6th Century) than Outlander (18th Century).

Also, I was a bit disappointed to learn this was part of a trilogy, as I do prefer stand-alone books. However, this novel definitely stood on its own, with a satisfactory ending, and did not fall prey to the "trilogy cheat" of expanding what should have been one book over three books instead.

All of that said, The Lost Queen is a beautiful book with engaging characters. Langoureth sneaks into your heart and you root for her and feel for her along the way. And you long to enter her beautiful, forested world of magic and beauty. Definitely recommend! ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
Really enjoyed it. Loved that it stayed true to the time period, was not only a joy to read but also educational. ( )
  Alli_Kelsey | Jan 4, 2021 |
Listened to the audio narrated by Toni Frutin. I absolutely LOVED the narration. Her brogue immediately brought me into 6th century. An incredibly immersive narration.

Ever want to get lost in a historic Celtic tale set in Scotland? That's what this book did for me. Rich in meaningful historic details but not bogged down by minutia.

Languoreth and Lailoken are twins of a king in the 6th century. She will eventually wed and become a queen and Lailoken is believed to be the fabled Merlin of Arthurian legend.

Believing in the gods and the old ways, honoring and trusting their wisdom keepers. This is a time when Christianity is gaining a foothold and their zealots are trying to wipe out all other faiths.

The tale starts when the twins are children right after they lost their mother. It takes us on a fascinating journey watching their history unfold, their losses, loves, sacrifices and triumphs, that eventually leads to Languoreth becoming a Queen and Lailoken on his path as a warrior, wisdom keeper. It's filled with magic of old, myths and superstition and a stark reality of the times.

There's a lot to love here except when Languoreth is making bad decisions, a few inconsistencies and the abrupt ending. Even with those issues I'll be starting the next book as soon as I can. The author shares her own notes at the end of the book, giving more insight to her research, the characters and why she chose to write Languoreth and Lailoken's story.

After seventeen hours of listening, this is only the beginning of their story and it continues on in the next book in the series.

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
Based on historical cultures and on a story that influenced the legends of Merlin, The Lost Queen tells of Languoreth, who experiences the strife between the old religion and the beginnings of Christianity. The personalities described are riveting and the action well written. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
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"The Mists of Avalon meets the world of Philippa Gregory in the thrilling first novel of a debut trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth--a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland--twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin. I write because I have seen the darkness that will come. Already there are those who seek to tell a new history... In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father's door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king. As Languoreth is catapulted into a world of violence and political intrigue, she must learn to adapt. Together with her brother--a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin--Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of them both forever. Based on new scholarship, this tale of bravery and conflicted love brings a lost queen back to life--rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of one of the most enduring legends of all time"--"The Lost Queen tells the story of Languoreth, Queen of Cadzow, who lived in sixth century Scotland and came of age at a time when invading Anglo-Saxon forces and the rise of Christianity threatened to change her way of life forever. Together with her twin brother Lailoken, destined to be a Wisdom Keeper and eventually known to history as Merlin, she is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. War brings the warriors of Emrys, the Dragon Warrior or Pen Dragon, to their door, and among them is Maelgwn. He and Languoreth spark a passionate connection, forged by a magical spell, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Lord Rhydderch, son of the High King Tutgual who is sympathetic to the Christian followers of a charismatic monk named Mungo. As Rhydderch's wife, it will be Languoreth's duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear. Rebellious, intelligent, passionate, and brave, Languoreth is an unforgettable heroine whose story of conflicted loves and survival is set against a cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland and its myths and magic which spring from the beauty of the natural world.The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life, rescuing her from vanishing history, and reclaiming her place in some of the most enduring legends of all time"--

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